Senate Democrats are expediting legislation that would override the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case and compel for-profit employers to cover the full range of contraception for their employees, as required by the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, which is co-authored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would ban for-profit companies from refusing to cover any federally guaranteed health benefits for religious reasons, including all 20 forms of contraception detailed in the Affordable Care Act. It would preserve the contraception mandate’s current exemption for churches and accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, such as certain hospitals and schools.

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4 thoughts on “Democrats Fast-Track Bill To Override Hobby Lobby Decision

  1. This bill makes perfect sense. Let’s just hope it passes. It’s GREAT news that legislation can override a Supreme Court decision. I didn’t know that before.


    • Well, I wouldn’t describe it that way. Legislation cannot technically override a Supreme Court decision. But, it can change the law which the Supreme Court is tasked with interpreting. If there is more clarity in the law regarding a specific issue, then there is less room for the Court to misinterpret it.


      • So the new law would just be replacing the previous law- so isn’t it possible for the court to do the same thing again, or is it that with more specific language, the court can’t twist the intent of the law as easily?


        • The Supreme Court can pretty much do whatever it wants, but the new legislation proposed by Democrats would effectively restrict SCOTUS’ interpretive leeway on this issue by providing statutory clarity (i.e. “would ban for-profit companies from refusing to cover any federally guaranteed health benefits for religious reasons”). Before the Hobby Lobby decision, such specificity in the law didn’t exist.


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